Calling all Local Authorities to our FREE SEMINAR
Published by Alison Schur for Shelton Development Services in Housing and also in Local Government
New Homes, New Opportunities - One Year On
Date: 14th November 2013
Location: 6 Avonmouth House, Borough, London SE1 6NX
This event is kindly sponsored by Rund Partnership
One year on from our last LA seminar we look at the Local Authority's strategic housing role. Its over 20 years since the last council building programme of any note and now with reforms to the HRA subsidy, its all beginning to change.
Despite a limiting cap on spending, there is still headroom to finance new house-building and many authorities have started, whilst others are still considering the merits.
London Councils in particular now have an appetite to devleop after winning a third of the capital's available funding earlier this year. You may recall headlines announcing that "...funding allocations for London post-2015 revealed that councils have waded back into development and successfully competed with housing associations and private developers to win enough grant to collectively build 1,639 homes in the capital, which equates to 26 per cent of the affordable homes planned in London".
The challenge now is that many of the skills and knowledge that councils used to have is long gone and they all have to start with a blank piece of paper.
This important seminar will look at "how" rather then "why" councils should move forward. We will study how some have responded to the opportunity to build new homes and consider the arguments for and against. Do the finances stack up? Are LA's really going to be bona-fide house builders again?